March 26, 2003 |
In its first deal with an unaffiliated studio, Movielink, the online movie distributor owned by five major Hollywood film companies, is set to announce an agreement today with independent Artisan Entertainment Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed. Movielink is jointly owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros.
January 11, 2003 |
After a brief 15-month tenure, Robert Cooper is relinquishing his dual posts as chief executive of Artisan Pictures and vice chairman of its parent, Artisan Entertainment, the company said. Cooper will relaunch his former movie and TV production company Landscape Pictures. The company will have a deal at AOL Time Warner Inc.'s New Line Cinema. The executive remains a shareholder of Artisan, which retains a financial position in more than a dozen projects Cooper will take with him.
September 29, 2001 |
Artisan Entertainment is acquiring the assets of Landscape Entertainment and installing the fledgling company's founder, Robert Cooper, as vice chairman and head of its movie and television production operations. As part of the deal, Landscape's Canadian shareholder, Bell Globemedia, will transfer its investment to Artisan in exchange for 20% of the parent company, best known for the surprise horror hit "The Blair Witch Project."
August 15, 2001
Artisan Entertainment President Bill Block is leaving the independent film and video distributor to "seek other investment and restructuring opportunities," the company said. Block, a former talent agent and one of the founding partners of Artisan, said he will retain his 8.2% stake in the company. In 1997, Block helped put together the deal in which investment firm Bain Capital bought Live Entertainment, which became Artisan.
June 1, 2001 |
Artisan Entertainment Inc., the movie company that released the "Blair Witch" films, has sued financier and producer Peter Hoffman for allegedly causing the company to scrap plans for a first-time stock sale. Artisan claims that a film-financing project backed by insurance policies that Hoffman proposed fell apart, forcing the company to halt production on films and delay its initial public offering.
June 30, 2000 |
Artisan Entertainment Inc., the studio that released last year's sleeper horror hit "The Blair Witch Project," said co-Chief Executive Mark Curcio has quit. Curcio was forced out amid a power struggle with co-CEO Amir Malin and co-President Bill Block, both of whom felt Curcio failed to take advantage of the company's Internet marketing success with "Blair Witch."